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Warren Rodwell – Bob Carr Plays Cool

In Australia, News, Other Leaks, Viral Videos on January 3, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Warren Rodwell was kidnapped  in the Philippines by militants on December 5th 2011.

In June 2012  he appeared in a video stating the demands for money  which would be trade for his safe return

Nothing was heard from Rodwell until December 2012, when a second video was released online.


After what must have been an eternity for Warren Rodwell…Bob Carr, Foreign Minister for Australia as well as a disproportional  amount of time and effort building his own business along the way, has FINALLY acknowledged the Warren Rodwell case.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr  expressed his deep concern at the prolonged captivity of Mr Rodwell but welcomed evidence he was still alive. A video has been sent to close relatives in January which in some parts Mr Rodwell spells out his lack of the confidence in the Australian Government said the government was assisting Philippines authorities and was in contact with Mr Rodwell’s family.

“The Philippines government has the lead in response to this case and is devoting significant resources to securing Mr Rodwell’s release,” he said.

Earlier this year, Mr Rodwell’s family made a plea for privacy, with experts yesterday saying media exposure could increase the ransom.

The government’s management of ransom cases has come under scrutiny following criticism of its handling of the capture of Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and his Canadian colleague Amanda Lindhout by Somali kidnappers.

The pair was freed in 2009 after 15 months’ imprisonment after entrepreneur Dick Smith underwrote a crisis management team to handle the negotiations and arrange the rescue.

The kidnap consultant who advised the Brennan family, John Chase, yesterday said he believed the government was right to try to minimise media coverage.

Update archive and Warren Rodwell’s book below

472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell

  1. Warren Rodwell – former soldier, university teacher, hostage survivor and songwriter … is the longest held Australian captive outside war.

    Warren Richard Rodwell (born June 16, 1958 Homebush NSW) grew up in Tamworth NSW Australia. He was shot through the right hand when seized from his home at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on December 5, 2011 by Abu Sayyaf (ASG) militants. Rodwell later had to have a finger amputated.

    The ASG threatened to behead Rodwell if the original ransom demand for $US2 million was not paid.Both the Philippine and Australian governments had strict policies of refusing to pay ransoms. Australia formed a multi-agency task force to assist the Philippine authorities, and liaise with Rodwell’s family. A news blackout was imposed. Filipino politicians helped negotiate the release. After the payment of $AUD94,000 for “board and lodging” expenses by his siblings, Rodwell was released 472 days later on March 23, 2013. The incumbent Australian prime minister praised the Philippines government for securing Rodwell’s release. Tribute was also made to Australian officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Australian Federal Police and Defence. Rodwell subsequently returned to Australia.

    As part of the 2015 Australia Day Honours, Australian Army Lieutenant Colonel Paul Joseph Barta was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for outstanding devotion to duty as the Assistant Defence Attaché Manila during the Australian whole of government response to the Rodwell kidnap for ransom (and immediately following, the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan). At the 2015 Australian Federal Police Foundation Day award ceremony in Canberra, fourteen AFP members received the Commissioners’ Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct for their work in support of the Philippine National Police and Australian Government efforts to release Australian man Warren Rodwell.

    By the end of his 15 months as a hostage in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Rodwell had lost about 30 kilograms in weight due to starvation, His biography 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by independent researcher Dr Robert (Bob) East was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom (2015) ISBN 1-4438-7058-7 In popular culture, Blue Mountains (Sydney) techno Cowpunk band Mad Cowboy Disease composed, performed and released Situation Not Normal, a song written by Rodwell, based on his ordeal.

    Award-winning Filipino journalist and CEO of Rappler, Maria A. Ressa wrote at some length about the Warren Rodwell case in the 2013 international edition of her Imperial College Press – published book From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism ISBN 978-1-908979-53-7 (Refer to Pages 265 – 271) Crowdsourcing for ransom, and social media (such as, Facebook and YouTube) were used by Abu Sayyaf during negotiations. The author asserts on Page 270; “Social media is changing what was once a closed dialogue between kidnappers, their victims and governments.”

    In January 2015, Mindanao Examiner newspaper reported the arrest of Barahama Ali kidnap gang sub-leaders linked to the kidnapping of Warren Rodwell, who was seized by at least 5 gunmen (disguised as policemen), and eventually handed over or sold by the kidnappers to the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province.

    In May 2015, ex-Philippine National Police (PNP) officer Jun A. Malban was arrested in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for the crime of “Kidnapping for Ransom” after Rodwell identified him as the negotiator/spokesperson of the Abu Sayyaf Group during his captivity. Further PNP investigation revealed that Malban is the cousin of Abu Sayyaf leaders Khair Mundos and his brother Borhan Mundos. (Both were arrested in 2014). The director of the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) stated that Malban’s arrest resulted from close coordination by the PNP, National Bureau of Investigation (Philippines) and Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission with the Malaysian counterparts and through Interpol.

    In August 2015, Edeliza Sumbahon Ulep, alias Gina Perez, was arrested at Trento, Agusan del Sur during a joint manhunt operation by police and military units. Ulep was tagged as the ransom courier of the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Zamboanga Sibugay in the kidnapping of Rodwell.


  2. Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has been linked to numerous kidnappings in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga City and other areas in Western Mindanao. Westerners and other wealthy foreign nationals, as well as local politicians, business people, and civilians feature among the broad range of kidnap targets. Kidnappings reliably attributed to ASG since its re-listing by the Australian Government as a terrorist organisation on 29 October 2010 include:

    On 5 December 2011, Australian national Warren Richard Rodwell was abducted from his residence in Ipil, Mindanao. In a January 2013 proof-of-life video of Mr Rodwell uploaded to YouTube, his captors stated he was being held by members of Al-Harakat Al-Islamiyya (ASG) and that money gained from his kidnapping was to be used for future operations. Mr Rodwell was released by his captors in March 2013. #auspol


  3. There was a media blackout imposed by both the Australian and Philippine governments. However, full details surrounding the kidnapping of Warren Rodwell in Mindanao are available in hardcover and Kindle book form.

    NON FICTION BOOK (Biography) by Bob East PhD (Independent Researcher) (2015) :
    “472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell”


  4. Filipina marriage scams occur when a woman lures an unsuspecting Western man into her dangerous web with promises of love and devotion. The man who is usually from the United States, United Kingdom, or Australia falls in love with the person the Filipino woman is pretending to be and marries her. Once the deceptive woman gets what she wants out of the marriage, she discards her husband. Sometimes, the Filipina will trash the husband’s reputation in the process, and if there are children involved the situation becomes even more frightening.

    The one’s who have gained out of this kidnapping crime are the terrorists and the local Filipino wife. Strange that she kept using her maiden name. Why didn’t she sell his house and the water filling station as she claimed, (but was quickly exposed to be untrue) to raise ransom money?

    After release, MIraflor (Grace) Gutang said, “When I go there (to the hospital) I want to see him, I want to taking care of him, I want him to meet me but the guards said Warren don’t want to see me in person,” she said. Mr Rodwell was lucky to get out of this ordeal. Perhaps. He preferred to stay alive without her in the same country as him.


  5. after the 5th of dec 2011. is when he got taken. we had him stay with us in 2010. my husband has know him for 18yrs. we got told on the tv. nice one. fiona started help save warren rodwell. as australians you never leave your mate behind. so why since 2011 has the goverment. who is suppose too work and help us.. Do you have any idea, how it feel worry thing of your mate since 2011. when have no idea. whats its been like. please start doing some thing . they think australians are weak. and really dont care about there only. its your chance too prove them wrong. but i swear. if he dies. this country. this goverment will have blood on his hands for ever.


  6. Bob Carr is the coolest man on the planet. He has done nothing. Six months is a long time to live in a jungle. Before we know it it will be 2 years. Hey dude, bobbie Carr get of your bum and do something. We are watching you.

    can someone please do something


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